A recent study conducted by researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Johnson Health Center has found nearly 40 percent of patients enrolled in their provider’s portal emailed their doctor at least once during the one year period. Study authors write, “Patients want to be able to […]

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Representatives from both the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) co-hosted a special webinar this week on the use of clinical decision support (CDS) tools in the electronic medical record (EMR) to screen potential Ebola patients. The webinar comes as the Ebola virus has become […]

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‘Actionable’ steps to interoperability

by JLynch on October 17, 2014 · 0 comments

The highly anticipated final recommendations from the JASON task force arrived on Wednesday afternoon. JASON, a group of independent scientists who advise the federal government, issued a November 2013 report to the Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Agency for Health Research and Quality […]

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Is today’s EHR technology able to support tomorrow’s care?

October 17, 2014

Only a small percentage of healthcare providers will be capable of supporting next phase of EHR-enabled healthcare delivery using their current EHR technology, a recent MeriTalk survey reveals. The survey of 151 health IT leaders found that 96 percent of respondents were not prepared for future care — that is, the use of cloud, big […]

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4 ways physicians can be more engaged

October 16, 2014

Here are four ways medical practices can get their physicians more engaged: 1. Use your mobile devices. The amount and pace of new information is overwhelming. Through any number of apps, mobile technology allows physicians to engage online with interactive, on-demand content and peers when and where they want. Think of your mobile device as […]

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MU stage 2 should be about improving patient care

October 16, 2014

Stage 2 meaningful use asks providers to take a huge step up for the first level of requirements built into the EHR Incentive Programs, and not everyone is convinced that the effort is worth it. Health IT has certainly proven that it has some benefits, but backlash against cumbersome EHRs, frustrating health information exchange, and […]

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Mending the doctor-patient relationship

October 16, 2014

I’ve spoken to many working-class citizens who are convinced that hospitals and doctors are interested only in making a buck, that most of the medical tests they run are unnecessary, that they perform most surgeries just to line their pockets, and that they make drug prescribing decisions to get kickbacks from a pharmaceutical company. What […]

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Health IT venture cash may be waning

October 16, 2014

Cash flow into the healthcare IT sector may just have reached its limit. Coming down from a torrid second quarter, Q3 venture capital funding for the sector dropped nearly 50 percent, according to the findings of a new report. The study, published by consulting firm Mercom Capital Group, showed a higher number of VC deals […]

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Improved revenue outcomes start with patients

October 15, 2014

As reimbursements shrink and value-based payment models take shape, healthcare providers are realizing they must create and sustain a more effective revenue cycle to ensure long-term viability. After being pushed to the back burner due to electronic health record adoption, meaningful use achievement, ICD-10 migration and other clinical & regulatory initiatives, the revenue cycle is […]

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Implications of Facebook’s move into healthcare

October 15, 2014

Reuters is reporting Facebook has begun charting its initial course into healthcare waters, citing unnamed sources. The idea, according to those sources, is to create online support communities to link Facebook users who suffer from common ailments to give them a place to trade advice and suggestions and feel not so alone in their predicaments. […]

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